System restore damaged by virus

Emachines/gateway / W3115
March 12, 2009 at 19:26:24
Specs: Windows XP, amd semprom 3100+ ram 1.5gig
Hi everyone,
My system was infected by a virus a short time ago. I installed Kaspersky internet security and it corrected the virus. I just noticed that the virus shut down or damaged my system restore function. I was just wondering is there any way to repair or re-install the system restore function. I do not have after market software, just the oem version, which seems to be fairly useless.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thank You

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March 13, 2009 at 15:01:15
Not sure where to start.

It might be possible to get the restore files. Not sure you do need them at this point.

I'd suggest you review your best practices to help avoid a virus ever again.

Then you need to make a clean boot plan. You need to at least understand how to just wipe the drive and start over. I have had very little luck trying to get rid of virus's or many many years. Even so called removal tools leave the system in a damaged state.

I'd consider saving off personal data to a NTbackup file with system state.

The clean boot it.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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March 14, 2009 at 22:07:18
Hi jefro,

I have two hard drives. The virus only got to one of them.One is xp home the other is xp pro. The xp home is the one that's damaged. Kaspersky completely removed all traces of the virus. Without writing a book, let me tell you what happened. I bought an emachine about 2 1/2 years age, it crapped out about three weeks after the one year mark, so no warranty. Not learning my lesson, I went out and bought another one. I took the first hard drive and put it in the new one as a slave, all was well. Both of the drives had oem xp home on them. Along came the virus and took out the newer of the two drives and the bios. I re-flashed the bios and all was well, so I thought. Whenever I would boot of either HD it would tell me that I needed to re-register windows. The newer one was no problem, still had all the info. The other drive kept saying that the copy of windows did not belong to this computer, and the original disks and paperwork were long gone, so being not to bright I called Microsoft. Fought with them for two hours, long story short, they told me that I didn't own my copy of windows that was on that drive, and that emachines was just letting me use it (????) so what i did by putting the old drive in the new computer was illegal. So I dug out an old copy of xp pro that I bought a few years ago, loaded it on the older drive, registered it, and good to go. I was having a driver problem a week or so ago and when I went to do a system restore on the newer drive (oem xp home) it wouldn't work (virus took it out). What I'm trying to avoid is formatting another drive, going through another 15 million hours of updates, and reloading all my programs again. I tried to boot to recovery but without a restore disk(dumb me never made one) i'm out of luck. I will try any ideas. Thanks for the reply jefro I appreciate the ideas.

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